She has Rio Grande Sand in her Shoes
On Oct. 15, 2011, I was privileged to attend the induction of the fourth class into Otterbein University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. It was a memorable cermony and my late husband, Dr. Sam Ziegler ’36, was honored and inducted posthumously.
Being back on Otterbein’s campus after so many years was exciting. I missed the wonderful old library building but realized the importance and need of the new and larger library. I was proud to learn (after the visit) that my book, Rio Grande Sand in Your Shoes, was not only on the circulating shelf of Otterbein’s Courtright Memorial Library but also was featured in the new alumni author display. [Editor’s note: Otterbein alumni authors are now spotlighted in the library with a new display featured on the first floor near the reference computers. A different alumni author is featured each month combining the topics of their book with library-owned materials that provide a closer look to the related topics.]
Growing up in Westerville, Otterbein was a great part of my life. I loved it there.
However, moving to New Mexico, by request, to start a hospital, changed my life in many ways – a reason for writing the recent book, which is New Mexico historical literature of the 1900s.
New Mexico introduced us to new cultures. Pueblo Indians became our friends and we attended their ceremonial dances. The famous artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, was a patient of Dr. Ziegler’s but also our friend. People came from many states to experience a New Mexico Christmas, Spanish traditions throughout, with farolitos – small, wood-burning fires for nine days before Christmas and native food of pasole, a tradition at midnight after a late church service.
New Mexico is the land of enchantment. Dr. Ziegler and I realized that WE had Rio Grande sand in our shoes, and so we could never leave.
Best wishes to my classmates, Theta Nu sisters and students walking Otterbein’s beautiful campus.
Isabel Howe Ziegler ’40
Remembering the First Habitat for Humanity
Greetings from Southeastern Ohio.
What a pleasure to see the familiar faces of some of Otterbein’s servant leaders on the cover of the latest Towers magazine. I often just glimpse through the pages of the latest issue, but found myself reading much more of this one. I especially enjoyed Monty Bradley’s personal essay on why he serves. Community service was an important part of my education and experience at Otterbein in the early 1990s and I had the pleasure of serving alongside Monty on that first Collegiate Challenge Habitat trip to West Virginia in 1994.
Since then, community service has continued to be an important part of my life. It is through service to others that we can best learn about others, ourselves and our place in this world. I am happy to see that the tradition of service continues to grow and thrive at Otterbein.
Thanks for such a great issue.
Jennifer Cochran ’95
Peace Corps Armenia 1996-98
Poker Faces Identified
The serious card game you have pictured in the Fall 2011 Towers was taken most likely in the fall of 1986. I believe it was in Mayne Hall’s lobby area. I can identify four of the participants by name: Tim Doup ’92 is seated with the Otterbein cap, Tim Reed ’97 is looking over his shoulder, Tony Rose ’96 (my roommate) is seated with the white t-shirt on the right side of the photo, and I believe it’s Mitch Spivey seated with glasses. The other guy was a freshman with the rest of us, except Mitch Spivey was the residence hall director that year, I believe. That’s all I got!
Dan Wolford ’90